Al Ahly reveal extent of Percy Tau’s injury

The Egyptian giants will be without the ‘Lion of Judah’ for an extended period

Egyptian giants Al Ahly have confirmed that Percy Tau will be out for an extended period of time following a hamstring injury sustained while on international duty.

Tau featured for Bafana Bafana in their 2026 World Cup qualifier against Nigeria in Uyo last week but sat out Tuesday’s 3-1 home victory against Zimbabwe.

The decision to sit on the bench was thought to be tactical but coach Hugo Broos later clarified that the forward had been nursing a muscle injury he picked up in South Africa’s 1-1 draw against Nigeria.

“Percy is injured, he was injured after the Nigeria game,” Broos told the media after the game at the Free State Stadium.

Percy Tau’s bench role against Zimbabwe was not tactical

“We thought he would be ready [on Tuesday], but the treatment he’s received in the last three days hasn’t helped so much. We went to the hospital, and they did a scan. He has a muscular injury, and couldn’t play.

Percy Tau, Bafana Bafana

“He wanted to be on the bench and he supported the guys on the pitch. He’s even happier than anyone else.”

With the former Mamelodi Sundowns forward returning to Cairo for club duties, Al Ahly team doctor Ahmed Gaballah has revealed the Egyptian giants will have to cope without his contribution for some time.

“The medical report we received from South Africa indicates that Tau has suffered a second-degree hamstring strain,” Gaballah said, as per Egyptian outlet Ahram Online.

The ‘Lion of Judah’ will undergo further tests and scans in Cairo

“Upon his arrival in Cairo, Tau will undergo further tests and scans to determine the exact extent of the injury and guide his treatment programme.”

Tau is effectively out of Al Ahly’s Egyptian Premier League game away to Pharco on Friday and with hamstring injuries taking between four and eight weeks to recover from, he could miss a huge chunk of his club’s remaining games.

Al Ahly still have 11 games to play in the Egyptian Premier League, the last on July 11, and the Bafana Bafana forward could sit out most of them.

Tau, who was a subject of criticism following his less than impressive performance against Nigeria, has not enjoyed a great season in front of goal for Al Ahly, managing just seven goals in 30 games across all competitions.

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